Word Wednesday

word wednesday

Today’s word is convalesce. (See last week’s definition of sanatorium.)

Convalesce means “to become healthy and strong again after illness or weakness.”

In a sentence, I suppose the appropriate way to use the word would be to say, “After a bout with the flu, I am convalescing.” I don’t even know if that’s the appropriate conjugation OR spelling for the verb.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

Word Wednesday

word wednesday

Today’s word is sanatorium:

1 : an establishment that provides therapy combined with a regimen (as of diet and exercise) for treatment or rehabilitation
2a : an institution for rest and recuperation (as of convalescents)
2b : an establishment for the treatment of the chronically ill

Sanatorium is a noun, but I can’t figure out a way to use it without referring to definition 2b. I guess rehabs are also considered sanatoriums?

Word Wednesday

word wednesday

Today’s word is caprice:

1 a : a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action
1 b : a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes
2 : a disposition to do things impulsively

I have to admit that this word hits home a little bit because I suffer from bipolar disorder. As a result of the illness, I tend to be a bit capricious. I have often been accused (rightly) of being impulsive. I’m working on it, though.

I know, not exactly the word caprice, but it’s a variant form! It counts.

Word Wednesday

word wednesday

My boss has used the word obstreperous several times when referring to one of my employees. Without even knowing what the word actually meant, I could tell (based on my employee’s characteristic) that it meant seriously stubborn.

Merriam-Webster provides 2 definitions for obstreperous:

1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness
2 : stubbornly resistant to control

I’m pretty sure my boss used the second definition of the word for my employee. And the definition is just as I expected. People who are unwilling to yield to authority and relinquish control can be obstreperous.

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Definition of opprobrium:

1 : something that brings disgrace
2 a : public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious
2 b : contempt, reproach

I can only imagine the opprobrium I would have received from my parents if I hadn’t done well in school.

Or, perhaps, many a man has received widespread opprobrium in the #metoo movement.

 

word wednesday

Definition of iconoclast:

1 : a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
2 : a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration

In all honesty, I am still trying to wrap my head around this word to use it in a sentence. Would a Flat-Earther be an iconoclast of proven science?